iPro Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Leeds

Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Elland Road

Last Game

Leeds 0 - 2 Wigan

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Cellino targets British coach

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino insists the club's next head coach will be British.

Last Updated: 05/06/14 at 18:49 Post Comment

Massimo Cellino: Looking for a British coach to replace Brian McDermott

Massimo Cellino: Looking for a British coach to replace Brian McDermott

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Italian managers have been heading the betting to take over from Brian McDermott, who left Leeds by mutual consent on Friday.

Former Middlesbrough player Gianluca Festa was installed as favourite to get the job, with ex-AC Milan manager Massimo Allegri next in the running.

But Cellino insists he is not looking for an Italian manager to take the club forward.

"I have always said I wanted a British coach for this club," the 57-year-old told Sky Sports. "I am a man of my word and that is still the case.

"I am meeting three British coaches for talks on Saturday and want to get someone in place soon."

The Italian reiterated that he wanted a coach rather than a manager to replace McDermott.

"I want someone to take care of the preparation of the team, the training, the tactics and so on," he said. "Not the recruitment or the contracts, which I will take care of. The job is a coach, not a manager, which is an important difference."

Cellino called the club's players and coaches back to Elland Road on Monday - a month before they had been due back for pre-season - and says he was buoyed by the meeting.

"I spoke to each player, one by one, and looked each one in the eye," he said. "They were good meetings and I was impressed with the players.

"I think we can pull together and have a good season. This is about Leeds United, not Massimo Cellino."

Meanwhile, the Italian says he has agreed a deal to sell Cagliari to former Inter Milan board member Tommaso Giulini and that the sale is imminent.

A deal to sell to an American investment group led by the Italian Luca Silvestrone fell through.

"The Americans were messing about too long," Cellino revealed. "They wanted another 90 days.

"I have agreed to sell to Giulini and it should be finalised very soon. I wish them well. My heart is with Leeds now and all my work and energy is going into them."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Transfer news: Fernando Torres heads back to Atletico Madrid on loan until end of next season

Fernando Torres is returning to Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Simon Mignolet: I'll take positives from losing Liverpool spot and come back stronger

Simon Mignolet says a recent spell out of the Liverpool side could end up having a positive effect on his career.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property